SOWK 561 - Social Work and Serving Students with Disabilities

  • 3 credits

This course is designed to provide a comprehensive look at the school social worker role in identifying, assessing and intervening with students who have an exceptionality in the educational system. Students will be asked to examine their own experiences, knowledge and beliefs while assessing the complexities surrounding students who are at-risk or have disabilities and their families. In addition to exploring educational terminology and systems for special education, students will be able to operationalize the different disability categories while assessing social work service provision and advocacy.

Course Topics:
Exceptionality in Education
Attitudes and Perceptions of Disabilities
Defining Disabilities and Educational Reform
Special Education: Identification, Referral, Assessment and Service Delivery
The Social Work Role and Exceptionality

This course can be applied toward:

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Special Education in Contemporary Society:  An Introduction to Exceptionality, 6th Ed.
    Richard M. Gargiulo and Emily C. Bouck  

Specific textbook information will be emailed to enrolled students. Students should have all required texts/materials by the start of class. Books can be purchased through, the CSU bookstore, or a bookstore of choice.


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